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. now i'll ask about the faa furloughs, which started yesterday. a group of almost the entire airline industry, including air traffic controller unions, flight attendants, pilot unions, and the industry itself, have written denis mcdonough and the white house a letter saying that the faa should be granted flexibility so they don't have to furlough the air traffic controllers. what do you say to this broad coalition? they say that other agencies have been given such flexibility and they believe the faa should have the same flexibility. >> let me give you some facts. the department of transportation is required by law to cut about $1 billion between now and the end of september; $637 million of that comes from the faa. the faa has initiated a series of cost-saving measures for personnel and non-personnel related, including a hiring freeze, restrictions on travel, termination of certain temporary employees, and reductions to contracts, among other savings. but furloughs cannot be avoided. seventy percent of the faa's operations budget is personnel. the faa must furlough 47,000 employees
the faa to type the controls on hydrocodone combination drugs for 10 years. and yet the fda has dragged its feet. why is important that we reschedule these drugs and is scheduled to? >> if you look at the abuse that you see around hydrocodone and i would say all drugs but hydrocodone in particular the amount of abuse you see and the sery that abuse cases and unfortunaunfortuna tely the pervasive use of it in certain parts of our country, it seems to us that the rescheduling would beppropriate. hope to work with our partners at a and to ctte that rescheduli. >> while the current schedule for these drugs, and these are hydrocodone but they are labeled by give in, lortab and because there are schedule three, there is creating a false sense among some patients and even doctors that these medicines are less potent or less habit-forming. thereforrouse less code on painkillers which are scheduled two. as a result while most every opioid painkiller is a scheduled two drug or carefully regulated, america's most abused narcotic hydrocodone is missing from that scheduled to list and that is import
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